Dubai was ranked the most overworked city in the world.

Dubai was ranked the most overworked city in the world in a recent study conducted by Kisi.
Expats working in the city said they have a good work-life balance.
A psychologist says people should still be careful of burnout in the fast-paced, transient city.

Colette Sullivan, a 30-year-old hotelier from the UK, works what is by many measures a very standard workweek.

“My days are not always the same due to the nature of my job, but my hours are generally 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with an early finish of 5 p.m. on a Friday,” Sullivan told Insider. “After work, I will be going shopping, catching up with friends, or, in the winter months, catching the last of the sun outdoors.”

In fact, the regular nature of her week is remarkable mainly because she works in Dubai, which was named the world’s most-overworked city in a study conducted by cloud-based access-control company Kisi.

For the study, which was released on May 25, Kisi evaluated a range of factors, including paid time off, cost of living, access to mental healthcare, and inclusivity. Kisi shortlisted 51 US metropolitan areas and 49 global economic hubs, including New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Paris, and analyzed data pulled from international organizations, NGO reports, open-access datasets, public surveys, and crowdsourcing platforms.

Insider spoke to five people who live in Dubai to understand what it’s like to work in the world’s most-overworked city. Despite the long hours they clock, all sources said they, like Sullivan, have a good work-life balance.

A culture of work-life balance

According to UAE labor law, private-sector workers can clock in a maximum of 48 hours a week spread across six days. Workers also get 30 days off paid annual leave and 45 days of fully paid parental leave.

Saurabh Bahl is a 36-year-old insurance account risk engineer who’s been working in Dubai for four years. He told Insider he works about 48 hours a week with an hour’s break for lunch each day, but still feels like he has a good work-life balance: “I don’t usually work on weekends and have spare time for my family, to focus on my interests outside of work, and to exercise a couple of times a week.”

Bahl worked for 10 years in India before moving to Dubai. He said he works harder in Dubai than he did in …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Dubai is ranked the most overworked city in the world — but expats say the perks of living there make it worth it

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